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End of Life Choice Bill — In Committee — Part 2 — Independent panel to prevent coercion

21 August, 2019


This Supplementary Order Paper amends Supplementary Order Paper No 259 amending the End of Life Choice Bill. It seeks to strike a better balance between choice and coercion in the Bill, ensuring that those who are truly exercising a voluntary choice to request assisted dying are not impeded in that endeavour, while vulnerable New Zealanders, whose choice may have been impacted by pressure, are given the protection they need. However, even with this amendment, absolute certainty of the absence of coercion in a case of assisted dying is not possible. Still, this amendment offers a far greater degree of protection to vulnerable New Zealanders than the coercion test in new clause 18B of SOP 259.

The question was put that the amendment set out on Supplementary Order Paper 302 in the name of Chris Penk to the proposed amendments set out on Supplementary Order Paper 259 in the name of David Seymour to Part 2 be agreed to.

Mover of amendment

Photo of Chris Penk
Chris Penk
National Party, Helensville

Votes Not passed by a large majority

Amendment to the amendments not agreed to.

Personal Vote

This was a personal vote (or conscience vote) which meant MPs could decide how to vote on their own, rather than having to follow the party position. Learn more on the official Parliament website.

49 Voted For

71 Voted Against

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